The Big Day Rapidly Approaches

Sunday, January 4, 2009

The inauguration is a lil' over 2 weeks away and personally, it can not get here soon enough. I feel like everything has been in a bit of a holding pattern since Obama won the election. Now its time to see Obama put his ideas into action. Here's what I'm most looking forward to in an Obama administration:

1. Job growth - This is probably on the top of most people's lists, but knowing so many people who have lost their jobs really makes this one personal for me. The carelessness of the powerful in corporate America has truly shattered the lives of millions across America. This is something that will take some time, but the administration appears to have ideas that will help them get this situation turned around faster than most of us think.

2. Health care - The status of health care in this country is terrible. As someone who has a wife with medical issues, the challenges of health care coverage hit home pretty much every day and we have "good" insurance. The entire concepts that people can be denied medical coverage for already being sick or have to pick and choose between medicines due to what an insurance company will or will not cover is sickening. Again, I'm looking forward to seeing Obama advance the ball on this issue.

3. The Economy - I think remedies to #1 and #2 will automatically increase #3. However, I think government spending will get worse before it gets better and I'm not sure how that is going to effect the overall state of the economy. In my mind, by getting people employed and healthy, the overall mindset of the people will improve to a degree that encourages everyone to start spending again. However, any false moves by the government when it injects funds to get the economy back going could result in a set back. There is little doubt this is a tough issue for Obama to address, but I think the team he has assembled can handle this job.

4. Global Image - The view of America around the world has taken serious hits during the Bush administration. It will be nice to see America go back toward being an admired country instead of a hated one.